It is not always easy to know when it is the right time to move on from your current role. For me it was honestly really hard.
The decision to start interviewing again happened kind of organically for me. I had a FAANG recruiter reach out to me out of the blue and I decided it wouldn't hurt to just interview in order to gain the experience. It wasn't until I was denied after the technical interview that I got bit by the curiosity bug. I started wondering what it may be like working for another company, on a different product, in a different industry. This is when I really started to contemplate whether it was time for me to move on.
I can honestly say that the decision to leave the company I worked for and dive into another job search was not an easy one for me for many reasons.
- I genuinely liked my coworkers.
- I had a rough initial job search when looking for my first role (feel free to checkout my many other posts about that job search).
- Interviewing just makes me incredibly anxious and I honestly think it always will no matter the years of experience I have under my belt.
Despite all of these reasons, I decided it was time to start interviewing again because I sat down and asked myself the hard questions. Is there possibility for promotion at my current role? How likely, if so? Am I feeling fulfilled? Am I feeling challenged still? Do the company's values still align with my own? Is my manager helping me progress professionally? etc.
I ultimately listened to myself and my instincts and did what was best for me.
How do y'all decide it is time to move on from your current role and start interviewing again?
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For me, my various changes of role came about through different reasons, chronologically:
Probably a highly relevant read for anyone interested in this post:
A coupe of years ago, I was working for a small company that out of a sudden made a bunch of questionable decisions (that seemed out of nowhere, mostly against what the technical team advised). When asked "why", the answer was "you need to trust we know what we are doing".
Such an answer was met with my resignation letter. I never looked back.